How To Use The Internet

How to Use the Internet

The 21st century has allowed people fast and easy access to technology. Unless you live in total seclusion, chances are that you have heard of the internet. With that said, it is shocking to see how many people have difficulties describing what the internet is, let alone knowing how to use it to its full extent. Foe a lot of people, internet use is one of those mundane tasks that they would rather skip because of the obstacles they experience when they are trying to use the internet.  If you fit in this demographic, you are in luck. The following is a guide on how to get the most out of your internet usage.

What is the internet?

The internet, in a nutshell, is a global system of computer networks. All these networks are interconnected and consists of private, public, academic, business and government networks among others.  The United States Federal Government commissioned research geared towards creating a robust system of communication that was fast, efficient and capable of withstanding various disruptions and obstacles. The network that was created was then linked to commercial networks towards the end of the 20th century forming the modern say internet. It consists of websites and web pages that contain different kinds of information and applications.

How is it accessed?

For you to access the internet, you will need a computer, a smart phone, or a tablet. Any one of these devices can be used to gain access. Once you have one of these, you will need a web browser and an internet connection. An internet connection is basically a means to enable the device in question to open up web pages for your perusal. Internet connections are often provided by internet service providers, otherwise known as ISPs. Your internet service provider in this case is likely to be your preferred telephone company.

What are some of the uses of the internet?

There are numerous activities that take place on the internet each day. The application areas of the internet increase by the hour. Its versatility and flexibility allow creative individuals all over the world to create products and services that can now be available globally with the click of a button. If you have not figured out what you would like to use the internet for yet, the following application areas may give you some ideas.

  1. Research

As mentioned earlier, the internet contains millions of web pages. These web pages are filled with information ranging from medical procedures to gardening tips. There is very little information that cannot be found online. Experts from various fields post articles and journals online in an effort to share their vast knowledge with all those who may need it. Although some websites require a subscription which may require a small fee, majority of the information that you may need access to is absolutely free. All you will have to do is connect to the internet via your web browser, use one of the search engines provided such as Google or Bing, key in the kind of information you need and hit the search button. The rest will be done for you.

  1. Communication

This is a sector that was revolutionalized by the establishment of the internet. In the past, the primary form of communication was either by phone or by mail. Whenever you needed to pass a message quickly, you were limited to making a phone call. On the other hand, if you needed to pass a detailed message and could not afford any distortions to it, you were forced to write a letter, which is a process that was time consuming. The internet relieved this pressure with the creation of email.

Email is a word that was coined from the phrase ‘electronic mail’. As the name suggests, it is a form of communication similar to writing a letter. The only difference is that the letter is written on a mobile device or a computer and is then transmitted via the internet. The beauty of this kind of communication is that the recipient will receive the message you sent instantly and can provide an immediate response or acknowledgement regardless of the distance involved. Gone are the days where you needed to wait for days for a response after sending a letter.

  1. Socializing

This is yet another sector that has changed significantly. In the past, people had to attend social events in order to meet people and reconnect with loved ones. These days, all you have to do is to log in to the numerous social media websites available online to be able to socialize with your friends and family.

Some of the most popular networks include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These websites allow you to post pictures, voice your opinions and meet like minded people from the comfort of your home. The internet has also created a platform for the creation of instant messaging applications that allow you to communicate more effectively with your loved ones

  1. Entertainment

The internet also provides a decent level of entertainment for its users. Whenever you need to watch a specific show or movie, or even just short videos recorded by regular people that may be amusing, there is a good chance that you will find it on the internet. YouTube has grown to become one of the most popular go to websites for videos, and a lot of people have been able to make a decent living from advertising when viewers log on to watch some of the videos that have been posted. This has created competition which has in turn ensured that the videos being posted are of good quality and are very entertaining.

In conclusion, the internet is a tool that has been made available for people all over the world to make their lives better. It contains lots of information and applications that we can use to reach our goals more effectively and efficiently. It has also provided an avenue where individuals can kick back, relax and get all kinds of entertainment without blowing a budget or leaving the house.

Watch out for our next guide on the internet usage.

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